Half of millennials say they lean toward Democrats

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Young adults like to think of themselves as independent. But when it comes to politics, they're more likely than not to lean to the left.

A Pew Research Center survey shows half of adults ages 18 to 33 are self-described political independents. But when pushed for their political leaning, half of America's millennials are Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party.

According to the survey, 50 percent of the so-called millennials identify as political independents, while 27 percent say they are Democrats and 17 percent Republicans.

But when asked their political leanings rather than party affiliation, 50 percent say they are Democrats or Democratic-leaning while 34 percent say they are Republicans or Republican-leaning.